Being Natal Midlands born and educated, serving with Zulu troops during his SA national service, and voyaging around the globe cementing his interest in people, cultures and history – were the skills he brought to David and Nicky Rattray’s pioneering heritage tourism initiative on the Anglo-Zulu War battlefields at Fugitives’ Drift.
For ten years he honed his unique talent for story telling around the battlefields of Isandlwana and Rorke’s Drift. His ability to bring the drama of these battlefields to life established him as a world-class orator and he was invited to speak at the Royal Geographic Society in London in September 2010.
Since 2011, Rob has been an independent: professional speaker, specialist tour guide, creator and leader of bespoke safaris around the untouched battlefields of KwaZulu-Natal, bringing their incredible stories to life.
He recently led a group to the Antarctic, relating the expeditions of Amundsen, Scott and Shackleton and was invited to showcase his talk ‘Going South with Scott & Shackleton’ to the Royal Geographic Society audience in September 2012.
History has always formed the core of his talks, but the remarkable epics of human struggle and the triumphs of the human spirit which make our history so rich also offer powerful lessons which bear vital importance in today’s world. Rob thrives on the challenge and reward of entertaining audiences in the theatres of their imagination and transporting them via the power of a story well told.